Talking to Your Plastic Surgeon in Toronto: 7 Most Important Questions

Scheduling your procedure

Because patients typically dream of undergoing cosmetic surgery for several months or even years before scheduling their procedure, prospective patients are typically anxious to get the process started immediately once they have made the exciting decision to go forward with the procedure. However, to ensure that you are well informed and have realistic expectations for the procedure, it is important to take the time to ask your Toronto plastic surgeon the following questions before scheduling your procedure.

Selecting A Surgeon

1. Are you Royal College-certified?

The first question to ask your prospective surgeon is whether they are certified by the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada (RCPSC). Due to the growing number of people interested in plastic surgery, many practitioners now promote themselves as cosmetic surgeons without holding the necessary credentials. Only surgeons who are accredited by the RCPSC have the experience and skills necessary to perform a complex surgical procedure.

2. Which procedure will help me achieve my goals?

Although most patients arrive at their consultation with an idea of which procedure they are interested in, it is advisable to ask your Toronto plastic surgeon which procedure they believe will help you achieve your desired outcome. During your consultation, they will listen to your concerns and goals for the procedure and use their knowledge and expertise to make a suitable recommendation. Thus, it is important to arrive at your consultation with an open mind.

3. How often do you perform this procedure?

Once your prospective surgeon has recommended a procedure, it is a good idea to inquire how frequently they perform this operation. It is best to select a surgeon who specializes in the procedure you elect to undergo, as this ensures that they have the experience required to safely deliver optimal results.
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4. How much will the procedure cost?

Although the cost of the procedure should never be the determining factor, it is understandably an important consideration. Thus, it is necessary to openly discuss the cost as well as any available financing options during your consultation, so you have a clear understanding of the expense you are about to undertake.

5. Where will my procedure be performed?

While a number of spas now offer cosmetic surgery procedures, plastic surgery is a complex practice that should be performed only in a hospital or accredited facility. If your surgeon does not operate out of a hospital, verify that they hold hospital privileges and that your procedure will be performed in a facility that is certified by the Out-of-Hospital-Premises Inspection Program (OHPIP), a designation administered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

6. What does the recovery entail?

To ensure that you are well prepared and have realistic expectations, it is crucial that you have a clear understanding of what the recovery period entails. Your Toronto plastic surgeon should outline how much downtime is required, what side effects you may experience, and whether you will have any physical restrictions post-operatively.

7. How long will the results last?

Since cosmetic surgery is a large investment, most patients are eager to know how long the results of the procedure will last. Your plastic surgeon should give you a clear idea of what you can expect, including whether any follow-up procedures will be necessary to maintain the results.

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